1917 Vanderbilt Commodores football team

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1917 Vanderbilt Commodores football
Conference Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Association
1917 record 5–3 (3–2 SIAA)
Head coach Dan McGugin (14th season)
Offensive scheme Short punt
Captain Alfred T. Adams
Home stadium Dudley Field
Seasons
← 1916
1918 →
1917 SIAA football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
Georgia Tech $ 4 0 0     9 0 0
Auburn 5 1 0     6 2 1
Clemson 5 1 0     6 2 0
Sewanee 4 1 1     5 2 1
Mississippi A&M 3 1 0     6 1 0
Alabama 3 1 1     5 2 1
Tulane 2 1 0     5 3 0
Vanderbilt 3 2 0     5 3 0
LSU 2 3 0     3 5 0
South Carolina 2 3 0     3 5 0
Wofford 1 2 0     5 4 0
Furman 1 3 0     3 5 0
Florida 1 3 0     2 4 0
Ole Miss 1 4 0     1 4 1
The Citadel 0 2 0     3 3 0
Howard 0 3 0     0 3 0
Mississippi College 0 4 0     0 4 0
  • $ – Conference champion
  • There were several SIAA schools that did not field a team due to World War I.

The 1917 Vanderbilt Commodores football team represented Vanderbilt University in the 1917 college football season. The 1917 season was Dan McGugin's 14th year as head coach.

The south's first national champion Georgia Tech gave Vanderbilt its biggest loss in school history, 83 to 0. Vandy captain Alf Adams praised the Tech team: "Tech's magnificent machine won easily over Vanderbilt, it was simply the matter of a splendid eleven winning over an unseasoned, inexperienced team. "Tech played hard, clean football, and we were somewhat surprised to meet such a fair, aggressive team, after the reports we had heard. I think that Vanderbilt could have broken that Tech shift if we had had last year's eleven. Being outweighed, Vanderbilt could not check the heavy forwards, or open up the line. Thereby hangs the tale."[1]

Schedule[edit]

Date Opponent Site Result
October 6 Transylvania* Dudley FieldNashville, Tennessee W 41–0  
October 13 at Chicago* Stagg FieldChicago L 0–48  
October 20 at Kentucky* Stoll FieldLexington, Kentucky (Rivalry) W 5–0  
October 27 Howard Dudley Field • Nashville, Tennessee W 69–0  
November 3 at Georgia Tech Grant FieldAtlanta L 0–83  
November 10 at Alabama Rickwood FieldBirmingham, Alabama W 7–2  
November 17 Auburn Dudley Field • Nashville, Tennessee L 7–31  
November 29 Sewanee Dudley Field • Nashville, Tennessee (Rivalry) W 13–6  
*Non-conference game.

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